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art Arvada Center for the Art and Humanities, 6901 Wadsworth Blvd., Arvada, 303/431-3939. Featuring Frank Sampson: Retrospective and Debbie Masuoka. "Jack Benny: Laughter in Bloom," starring Eddie Carroll, Sat., Oct. 11. Front Range Youth Symphony, Wed., Oct. 15, 7:30 p.m.

Chicano Humanities & Arts Council, 772 Santa Fe Dr., Denver. 303/571-0440. Open Fri. 6-9 p.m. and Sat., 1-4 p.m. Featuring Santos & Crosses II, art by CHAC artists and guests Sept. 19-27. Special performance by Rita Flores de Wallace, Fri., Sept. 26.

Denver Art Museum, 100 W. 14th Ave. Parkway, Denver, 303/640-4433. $4.50-$6. Featuring Retrospectacle: 25 Years of Collecting Modern and Contemporary Photography, Secrets from a Chinese Garden; Lighter Than Air: Gauze Robes from China; New Classics from the American Indian collection; Chinese Art of the Tang Dynasty from the Sze Hong collection.

Flying Turtle Gallery West, 611 Cañon Street, Guffey, 719/689-6100. Hours are Fri. and Sat. 11 a.m. - 7 p.m., Sun 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., and by appointment. Featuring the work of local Guffey artists, fine art and crafts, antique furniture, paintings, Raku horses. First Saturday Artist Reception, Sat., Oct. 4, 4-8 p.m. (Travis Scott and Dean Davis).

Foothills Art Center, 809 15th St., Golden. 303/279-3922. Open Mon.-Sat., 10-5 p.m.; Sun. 1-5 p.m. Free. Foothills Art Center. Featuring the Rocky Mountain National Watermedia Exhibition. Gallery talk with artists, Mon., Oct. 13, noon.

The Gallery, 132 W. Ryus, in La Veta, 719/742-3074. Sat. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Tues. and Thurs. 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. La Veta Photography Show, The juried and judged show includes more than 90 quality photos by 35 photographers from throughout the United States are represented in show. Free. Gallery in the Park features Majestic Colorado, over 70 works of art, Tues. Sat., 10 a.m. 3 p.m.

Salida Artist Fall Extravaganza: An Uncommon Fall, Artist demonstrations, new work and receptions throughout downtown Salida. Sat., Oct. 4, Gallery hours: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Demonstrations: Noon-3 p.m.

The Wildlife Experience, 10035 South Peoria St., Parker, 720/488-3300. Featuring LeRoy Neiman's On Safari, a mixed-media exhibit that portrays his skill and mastery of oil, acrylic and enamel paints, and his use of crayons, charcoal, serigraphy and watercolors.

literary events Author Breakfast For Literacy, Marriott Denver Tech Center, 4900 S. Syracuse St., Denver. $30. With Joyce Carol Oats, Peter Sis and Karol Griffin. Adults only. Deadline for ticket orders Sept. 26. Event on Sat., Oct. 4, 7:30-9:30 a.m. Second breakfast with Rosemary Wells and Betsy Lewin. Adults only. $25. Deadline for ticket orders Sept. 26. Event on Sun., Oct. 5, 7:30-9 a.m. Tickets at 800/752-0247.

music Harvest Time, Gospel Bluegrass Festival, at the Colorado River State Park, Fruita. Fri., Oct. 10, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Sat., October 11, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Sun., Oct. 12, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Valle Son, Steam Plant Theater, Sackett & G Street , Salida, Sun., Sept. 28, 7:30 -10 p.m. $10. A 7-piece Cuban band from Vinales playing uptempo standards and original material and ballads. For more, call (719) 530-0933.

recreation and learning Corn Maze, Chatfield Nature Preserve, 8500 W. Deer Creek Canyon Rd., Littleton. Also maze for children. crafts, food, barrel rides. $5-$8. Fri. 4 -10 p.m.; Sat; 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Sun. noon to 8 p.m., through Oct. 31. Fri., Oct. 3 is free day. For more, call 303/973-3705

Mountain Park Environmental Center Activities, Mountain Park Environmental Center, 9161 Mountain Park Rd., Beulah. $3. Guided hike: Dome Rock, Sat., Oct. 4, 8:30 a.m. Bring water and a sack lunch. For registration and information, call 719/485-4444.

Denver Orchid Society's Fall Orchid Show and Sale, Denver Botanic Gardens, 1005 York St., Denver. Free with Botanic Gardens admission ($5-$8.50). Fabulous orchid displays and vendors. Sat., Oct. 11 - Sun., Oct. For more, call 303/937-1807.

U.S. Green Building Council Colorado Chapter Fall Conference, Denver. Fri., Sept. 26 - Sun., Sept. 28. Various workshops and information sessions that promote green buildings. For more, visit www.usgbc.org/chapters/colorado/.

Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument outreach and education programs, Teller County #1, 2.5 miles south of Florissant. Free with $3 park entry fee. Elk (Wapiti) Watch, Sun., 28, 6-8 p.m., Sat., Oct. 4 and Sun., Oct. 5, 5-7 p.m. Free with regular $3 entrance fee. Walk for Wild Wapiti, Thurs., Sept. 27, 5:30 p.m. An off-trail hike. Not suitable for young children. Reservations required for both events. For more, call 719/748-3253.

Mt. Pisgah Speaks, tour of historic burial ground, Cripple Creek. Donations. Meet at District Museum; tours leave every 1/2 hour. Sat., Sept. 27, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more, call Kathi at 719/689-2141.

special events Book Sale, Colorado State University- Pueblo, Occhiato Center Ballroom, Pueblo. Sponsored by Friends of the Pueblo Library District. Sat., Oct. 18, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sun., Oct. 19, noon to 3 p.m.

Art for the Sangres Sale and Exhibition, Historic Pines Ranch, 379 Chalice Dr, Westcliffe. $30. Sat., Sept. 27, 1-4:30 p.m. showing and preview; sale at 6:30 p.m. For reservations, call 719/783-3018.

Tesoro Foundation Spanish Market and 1830s Rendezvous, The Fort, Morrison. Sat., Sept. 27 and Sun., Sept. 28, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more, call 303/839-1671.

Scrabble Tournament, The El Rancho, I-70 Exit, 252, 18 miles west of Denver. $60-$80. Fri-Sun., Oct. 17-19. Registration deadline Oct. 8. For more, call 970/920-3125 or jsimon@aspenmusic.org.

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